MLA speaks against Canada Post cuts

Kootenay West representative urges Federal minister to intervene

  • Jan. 10, 2014 9:00 a.m.
Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy

Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy

January 10, 2014

The Honourable Lisa Raitt Minister of Transport House of Commons Ottawa, On K1A OA6

Dear Minister Raitt:

Having  recently   heard  of  Canada  Post’s  announcement  to  eliminate  home  delivery   services  and privatization of postal outlets  which will result in layoffs of up to 8,000 postal workers, I feel I must speak for  my constituents.  While  this  is a federal  matter my constituents will  be directly  affected  by these proposed  changes and I need to have their  concerns addressed.   I know  Alex Atamanenko, the  Federal MP representing BC Southern Interior is working intensely  on behalf of our constituents as well.

As the BC NDP Seniors critic for the province, I am very concerned on the negative impact these proposed changes will have on the seniors of this constituency and province wide. Home delivery is necessary for many. Not only does this affect seniors but many with disabilities rely on this service as well.

How can Canada Post do online consultations with major cities in the Province of BC and not find it worthy to collect information from smaller communities, some in remote locations  and not “by way of invitation only  discussions”.   It is hard  to  understand even after  the  consultation in  which  there  was only  15.3 percent  who were in favour  of replacing  door to door delivery  with community mailboxes, the changes are still being considered.

I urge you as the Minister responsible for Canada Post to do whatever you can to ensure Mr. Deepak

Chopra, CEO of Canada Post does not go ahead with the proposed  changes in the recent announcement.